» …Morpheus will have to have another dream: the one in which people live no matter what you dream; the one in which people die no matter what you dream; or no matter what, you dream-Because the foundations for loneliness begin in the dreamscapes you create. Their resemblance to reality reflects disappointment first.»
— Claudia Rankine, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
Hotel Art Pavilion is pleased to present “(O), The Stranger,” a two-person exhibition featuring Amna Asghar and Alex Ito. “(O), The Stranger” addresses the translation and intersection between historical and personal narrative in visual culture. Asghar’s paintings combine cropped fragments of texts and images from Pakistani digest magazines, Arabic/Urdu text, advertisements, and personal ephemera. Influenced by jhankaar, a method of musical remixing, Asghar’s compositions entangle memory, colonialism, and conflicted desire to address identity formation and its rhythmic uncertainties. Ito’s sculptural installation assembles deformed chromed objects and images of Japanese internment mounted on an aluminum structure. With his forms shifting between organic and industrial, pristine and degenerative, Ito contemplates the body/object’s ability to retain and distort legacies of violence and trauma embedded in spaces we inhabit. When transformation is imposed by everyday apparatuses, “(O), The Stranger” captures the fickle ruptures between familiarity and alienation.